Eni to acquire 50% in Caspian Isatay block (Kazakhstan)

Italian oil company Eni and Kazakhstan’s  KazMunayGas have finalized an agreement that defines the commercial terms of the transfer to Eni of 50% of the subsoil use rights in the Isatay block located in the Caspian Sea.

The agreement was signed Friday by the Chairman of KazMunayGas’ (KMG) Management Board, Sauat Mynbayev, and Eni’s CEO, Claudio Descalzi, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi.

The Isatay block is estimated to have significant potential oil resources and will be operated by a joint operating company established by KMG and Eni on a 50/50 basis.

The agreement signals the successful completion by KMG of the requisite procedures under Kazakh laws to acquire subsoil use rights in the Isatay block and the finalization of related commercial agreements, which will result in the transfer to Eni of 50% of the subsoil use rights and regulate the performance of the joint operations. The transfer is expected to be completed within a few months subject to the approval of the transaction by the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The terms of Eni’s participation in the Isatay block were signed last year in June as part of a strategic agreement between Eni and KMG which also involves the joint development of a shipyard project in Kuryk, located on the Caspian Sea coast of the Mangystau region.

This agreement further strengthens Eni’s presence in the Republic of Kazakhstan, where it co-operates the Karachaganak field and is equity partner in several fields in the north Caspian Sea, including the giant Kashagan field, Eni said in a statement.